|Member of Rajya Sabha
for Karnataka State (Bangalore Urban Constituency)
24 April 2012
|Founder, Chairman and CEO
20 July 2005
31 May 1964 |
|Parents||Air Commodore M K Chandrasekhar and Mrs Valli Chandrasekhar|
|Alma mater||Manipal Institute of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Rajeev Chandrasekhar (Kannada: ರಾಜೀವ್ ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಕರ್; born 31 May 1964) is an Indian politician currently serving a second term as an independent member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. He represents Karnataka and Bangalore Urban Constituency, and is an established entrepreneur. Rajeev is the founder and chairman of Jupiter Capital, a financial services and investment company, and founder of BPL Mobile, a major mobile phone service provider in India.
Early life and career
Rajeev was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to Indian Air Force Officer, Air Commodore M. K. Chandrasekhar and Mrs. Valli Chandrasekhar. He went to various schools across India, and began studying electrical engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology in 1981, leaving briefly to work for Softech, a start-up IT firm. He completed a Masters in Computer Science in 1985 from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Rajeev then worked for Intel before returning to India to get married in 1991.
In 1994, Rajeev founded BPL Mobile, which became a major mobile phone service provider, valued at US$1.1 billion in 2005, when Rajeev entered politics. Rajeev founded Jupiter Capital in 2005, with an initial investment of US$100 million, and currently has investments and managed assets of over US$800 million in technology, media, hospitality and entertainment. He was awarded the 2007 IIT Global Service Alumni Award by the IIT Alumni Association for strengthening IIT's international reputation through his work in helping to design the Intel Pentium chip, for being the architect of the Indian mobile telephone industry, and as a member of Parliament. In April 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, for his work as an entrepreneur.
Member of Parliament
In April 2012, he was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha for a second six year term as an Independent Parliamentarian representing Karnataka. He has advocated for governance reforms, institution building, Internet freedom, national security, welfare of the Armed Forces Personnel and sustainable city building of Bangalore and Karnataka.
Rajeev has been vocal and articulate about the issues of reforms, governance and economy. He served as the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) –India’s apex industry chamber in 2007. He initiated a series of seminars on Governance reforms including a Conference on Administrative Reforms and Ethics in Governance which brought the Government and industry together.
As a supporter of Internet freedom. he has been vocal against government’s recent proposal to the UN for control of the Internet through a 50-member, inter-governmental body. Back in April 2011, he pointed out the dangers of censorship of Internet and bloggers due to IT Amendment Act, by raising the issue in Parliament and galvanizing public opinion against the IT Rules. Rajeev’s interventions has helped him succeed in making impact on government’s decision making process.
- Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jupiter Capital Pvt. Ltd.
- Director, (i) Bangalore International Airport Limited and (ii) Karnataka Power Corporation Limited
- Chairman, National Military Memorial Committee, Bengaluru
- Chairman, Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF)
- Founder and Principal Donor – Flags of Honour Foundation
- Convenor, Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure and Development (ABIDe) Task Force
- Founder and Managing Trustee – RC Foundation (RCF)